I recently purchased an Acer Aspire Revo nettop for my home Media Center PC. Since the purchase was made before the official launch of Windows 7, the computer came pre-loaded with Windows Vista. The nettop itself is really cool, it comes with a tiny form factor and can be mounted on a mounting stand or stuck behind a flat panel TV. More on that will follow in another post.
Today I decided to upgrade the nettop to Windows 7. There is however one serious consideration to be taken – like most nettops and netbooks, the Acer Aspire Revo comes with no DVD drive!
Windows 7 comes on a DVD and I have no intention of buying a DVD drive :). This is why I am going to use a 4 GB USB flash drive for the Windows 7 installation.
- In order to prepare the USB drive, run DISKPART on any Windows computer. Type DISKPART on the Start menu and hit ENTER.
Note: DISKPART utility is usually available by default on your Windows installation. If you don’t have DISKPART download it here.
- Plug in your USB flash drive. You need at least 3 GB of space, I recommend you use a 4 GB flash drive. All data on the USB stick will be destroyed so make sure you don’t have any important data on the USB drive.
- Type the following commands inside the DISKPART command line utility:
- LIST DISK (to see all physical drives on your computer)
- SELECT DISK 1 (assuming disk 1 is your USB drive. Make sure you select the right drive here! Refer to the output from the LIST DISK command)
- CLEAN (to wipe out any existing volumes on the USB drive)
- CREATE PARTITION PRIMARY (creates a new primary partition on the USB drive)
- ACTIVE (Marks the newly created primary partition as ‘active’)
- FORMAT FS=FAT32 QUICK (formats the newly created primary partition in the FAT32 file system. The QUICK parameter saves time by doing a quick format)
- ASSIGN (to give the new partition a drive letter)
- Close DISKPART
Watch out for my next post on how to set up a Windows 7 Media Center PC at home.